You have to be a paid-up member of the NIC to participate in any of our activities. For some activities there is a small additional charge to cover costs.
Coffee mornings are informal get-togethers, usually held on the second Thursday of each month, starting at 10:00 and finishing around 12:00. You do not need to register for a coffee morning, you just come along when you wish. We ask for a contribution of 5 Euros per adult to cover the costs, however new members are welcome to come along to their first coffee morning for free. A raffle is organised at every coffee morning so if you are lucky you may even leave with a prize.
The walking group is an excellent way to see the beautiful Belgian countryside. The walks are not held on the same day each month, we announce dates and times via the newsletter or via email. There is no obligation to attend regularly, if you are in town and would like to join the group, you can come along. Members range from 4-12 and new members are always welcome.
The Creative Circle is a casual gathering of embroiderers, knitters, crafters, sewists, textile artists and people who love to create. The group meets weekly (TBD) for a relaxing few hours of creative needle arts, good conversation and a cup of tea. We share tips and techniques, information on local yarn stores, and other crafting sources. Members work on projects of their choice; beginners to seasoned crafters are welcome!
CRAFT WITH ME
Craft with Me is an opportunity to teach and learn something creative – flower arranging, journaling, anything creative — making things together! In January, there will be a “Woolens & Lace” class in which we will make hand warmers filled with rice, from old lambswool and cashmere sweaters, embellished with vintage Belgian flea market lace. February and March also have two distinct classes, both looking for a place to land on the calendar right now. But, I promise you – the two themes are extraordinary!
The Book Club meets monthly in members’ homes to discuss a selected book. We generally meet for about two hours and usually have coffee and light refreshments. We order our own books in whatever language we choose but our discussions are held in English. In the past we have discussed books from the Netherlands, the United States, the UK, Germany and France.
Whether you know how to play Mah Jong, have played a long time ago, or have never even heard of the game – you are all welcome. The good thing about Mah Jong is that you play for yourself: so if you mess it up, no-one else cares! In principle, we play Mah Jong every Friday at 10h00.
We play this popular Italian card game every Wednesday starting at 10:00. If you can play 21, you can easily learn to play Burraco. Its really easy and lots of fun!
COOK WITH ME
Approximately once a month one of the NIC members give us a cookery demonstration of some of their favourite dishes. Everyone helps with the preparation and afterwards we enjoy some time together sampling what we have prepared. These do not take place on a fixed day, are usually held from 10h00 to 14h00 and there is a charge to cover the cost of the ingredients. When you join the NIC, you could volunteer to be one of our future cooks!
RECIPE EXCHANGE GROUP
The recipe exchange group currently needs a new coordinator. The group revolves around meeting for a lunch every couple of weeks. Registered members take turns in hosting the lunch, usually for 6 to 8 people. We share the cooking, with the hostess organizing the lunch and cooking the main dishes. The other members bring the starter, the dessert and the wine. We eat delicious food, share interesting recipes, and enjoy talking together. There is a yearly charge of 20 Euros.
Spanish Conversation Group
This group is for people hoping to improve their Spanish conversation, vocabulary and understanding. It is not necessary to be fluent in Spanish; only that you wish to learn more of this beautiful language! Meeting dates and times to be announced.
This English Conversation Group, Intermediate Level, is for those who have a reasonable knowledge of English and would like to improve through practice. We meet on a Monday morning, approximately once every two weeks from 10h30 to 12h30
English Conversation Group – Advanced Level
The English Conversation Group, Advanced Level, is for those who have a very good knowledge of English but would like to develop their conversational skills further. The group meets on Wednesday mornings from 10h00 to 12h00.
French Conversation Group
Coming Soon! There is a great deal of interest in French Conversation, and we are always looking for people interested in leading the discussion!
The newest activity within the NIC is the Photography group. We range from beginner to one professional. Do you like to take photos with your smart phone, point and shoot, mirrorless or DSLR? Then, we’re the group for you. We will meet at different times as we are available.
Every month, there is a guided tour for NIC of local Belgian points of interest, with emphasis on history and art. Some examples of walking tours we’ve had in the past: Leuven, The Marolles, BOZAR, Mechelen, Three Famous Belgian Chocolatiers and The Sablon
More information every month in our Newsletter.